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Life in Kampala

Volunteering with Street Child Uganda

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A few words from our fantastic volunteer, Charlotte…

Living and working in Kampala is a great experience! When you are not contributing to the amazing work that Street Child does, there is so much to do in the evenings and at the weekends. Kampala is an exciting city - lusciously green, dusty red roads, amazing views of the seven hills on which the city is situated, chaotic traffic and sunny skies. Above all, you will never get bored of riding around on the back of a Boda Boda and packing your hairnet will become second nature! 

The volunteer scene is super friendly and sociable and you’ll be made to feel welcome from the moment you arrive. As an international volunteer, you will not be short of invites to dinners, drinks, BBQs and a night out, and you will meet lots of interesting people from all around the world! The neighbourhood where the volunteers live and work has lots of really nice restaurants and you can get all types of cuisines, ranging from Indian, Ethiopian and Italian. There are also some great coffee shops nearby from where you can sit and work whilst sipping on a local African coffee.

At the weekends, you can use one of the many gyms in the city, attend a yoga class, play football with a team or go for a run.  If you want to escape the city, you can go to one of the many hotel swimming pools and pay a really small sum to catch some rays and relax poolside with a drink for the day. If the weather is bad, the cinema is a good option or a movie night with the other volunteers. A trip to the crafts market in town is great fun; you can spend all afternoon stocking up on brightly patterned souvenirs and spend all afternoon practising your bargaining skills!

If you want to go further afar and take a long weekend away, you have everything you could possibly want on your doorstep. You could go to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and track to see the incredible gorillas and spend some time on the pretty Lake Buyoni. You could also go on safari to see the famous Big 5 in Mursichon National Park and combine it with a trip to the Mursichon waterfalls. If you’re a thrill seeker, you could head only one hour away to Jinja to enjoy activities like water rafting and bungee jumping. Or if you fancy some R&R at the beach you have Ssese islands on Lake Victoria only a short ferry ride away.